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  1. Samsung Dials Up Madonna Deal For France

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mobile manufacturer Samsung will be the official mobile partner in France of Madonna's upcoming album "Hard Candy", which is due out on April 25. The full album and the video of the single "4 Minutes" will be preloaded on ...

  2. Reunited X Japan Confirm U.S., Europe Dates

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Visual-kei band X Japan, fresh from three triumphant reunion shows this past weekend at the 50,000-capacity Tokyo Dome, have announced their first-ever overseas shows. At an April 3 press conference in Tokyo the group said they will play a gig at ...

  3. Cornell Chats 'Idol'/'Billie Jean' Performance

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Chris Cornell says he's surprised but flattered that "American Idol" contestant David Cook performed a cover of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" last week on the show, in what was nearly a note-for-note version of Corn ...

  4. Danity Kane Captures Second No. 1 Album

    March 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MTV favorite Danity Kane scores its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as its sophomore set enters with 236,000. It's the second-biggest sales week of the year and the best sales week for a female group since 2006 ... The Easter bunny� ...

  5. Orange Starts Ad-Funded Download Trial

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Telecoms giant Orange has launched this week an ad-supported music download trial for users of its mobile Internet platform in the U.K. Through the Orange World platform, 800,000 of Orange's 15.6 million registered mobile customers will have ...

  6. Accenture Signs UMG Contract

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bermuda-based consulting firm Accenture Ltd. said Wednesday it signed a long-term contract with Universal Music Group to provide supply chain management services to the music company's international division. Financial terms of the deal were ...

  7. Vivendi Posts Strong Sales; UMG Share Rises In All Markets

    February 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST French media and telecom group Vivendi's adjusted net income rose 8.3% in 2007 and will improve similarly in 2008, Vivendi chairman of the management board and CEO Jean-Bernard Levy announced today (Feb. 29) at a press conference in Paris. Un ...

  8. Fake Bollywood Discs Seized In Paris

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST A haul of 3,000 counterfeit Bollywood CDs and more than 200,000 illegal DVDs has been seized during a raid in Paris. Officials from the IFPI and BPI were present at the Feb. 13 raid on the Thamilan Music Centre, which was carried out by officers f ...

  9. French Singer Salvador Dies

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST French singer Henri Salvador died Feb. 13 in Paris at the age of 90. Born in 1917 in French Guyana, Salvador enjoyed a 70-year career as a musician, and a humorist. But he was best known as a singer, releasing a number of hits in jazz, light music ...

  10. Bird Appointed Ricordi London GM

    February 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ricordi London, a unit of Universal Music Publishing Classical, has named Jonathon Bird GM. Bird has extensive experience with Universal Music Group International, serving at Decca Music Group as licensing manager and then at Universal Music Class ...

  11. Midem Attendance Slips In 2008

    January 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST Attendance at Midem 2008 was down slightly from the previous year, organizers said today. The 42nd annual trade fair counted 9,100 participants, compared with the 9,452 delegates reported in 2007. Speaking at a breakfast function for media guests, ...

  12. French Mobile Carrier SFR Launches Live Venue

    January 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST France's second mobile carrier SFR will open a store in April which will feature a 200-capacity concert venue. The central Paris outlet will be the largest of its kind in Europe, claims SFR, at 1,500 square meters. To begin with, the venue wi ...

  13. Upbeat Levy Says CD Format Will Play On

    January 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jean-Bernard Levy, CEO of Universal Music Group parent company Vivendi, the French media giant, today gave a candid, and hugely optimistic, view of the entertainment sector's future during a keynote Q&A at the MidemNet conference in Canne ...

  14. French Retailers Call For Gov't Support

    January 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST French cultural retailer trade body SDLC (formerly known as SDSD) has called for a governmental plan to back CD and video retail, which it claims has been "forgotten" in national leaders' plans to back the music industry. SDLC, whic ...

  15. Celine's 'Taking Chances' Sales Strong

    January 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST A five-year residency in Las Vegas and an unusually long lead-time between onsales and play dates seem to have had zero impact on demand for Celine Dion's upcoming Taking Chances world tour, which begins Feb. 14 in Johannesburg, South Africa. ...

  16. Portishead, Johnson, Waters To Headline Coachella

    January 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jack Johnson and former Pink Floyd principal Roger Waters will headline the 2008 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 25-27 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Also near the top of the bill are the Verve, Kraftwerk, Death ...

  17. 8th Flamenco Festival Line-Up Unveiled

    January 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Major Spanish flamenco music and dance artists will take part in the 8th Flamenco Festival five-country tour, which starts Feb. 6 in Los Angeles and ends May 25 in Brussels. The full bill for this year's festival was unveiled today (Jan. 14) ...

  18. Justice Moving The Crowd On MySpace Tour

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST After launching its inaugural music tour last fall with headliners Say Anything and Hellogoodbye, MySpace has snagged French electronic duo Justice to anchor its second branded trek, set to begin March 3 at Stubbs in Austin, Texas. Diplo, DJ Mehdi ...

  19. Pharrell, Vuitton Designing Jewelry Line

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Pharrell Williams is designing a jewelry line for Louis Vuitton called Blason. The Neptunes producer is co-designing the line with Vuitton creative consultant, Camille Miceli and plans to debut the jewelry on January 21 during Paris fashion week, ...

  20. Sony BMG Merger Ruling Scrutinized In EU Court 'Opinion'

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST A leading EU judge today said its lower court was correct to annul the 2004 clearance of the merger of the recorded music units of Sony Corp and German media company Bertelsmann AG. Juliane Kokott, the advocate general of the European Court of Jus ...

  21. Kylie To Tour Europe In 2008

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kylie Minogue has lined up an extensive 2008 European tour in support of her new album, "X.” The Australian pop star and her creative team will take a new show concept on the road with "KYLIEX2008,” which she describes in a statement as ...

  22. Opera Singer Hendricks Takes Radiohead Route

    November 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Opera singer Barbara Hendricks is taking a leaf out of Radiohead's book. In a development which has the hallmarks of Radiohead's recent "honesty box" initiative on "In Rainbows," the American soprano's label Arte ...

  23. France Acts To Tackle Internet Piracy

    November 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST The international recording industry has welcomed a ground-breaking agreement on tackling internet music and film piracy in France, endorsed by President Sarkozy at its launch in Paris this morning. The agreement provides for the setting up of a g ...

  24. French-Australian Biz Talks Yield Instant Results

    November 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST The inaugural French-Australian Music Business Meetings, held in Sydney this week, have yielded immediate deals. The meetings, held Nov. 20 to 22, were organized by the Paris-based French Music Export Australia, the French Embassy in Australia, an ...

  25. Louis Vuitton Wins Spears Video Lawsuit

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton has won a lawsuit that alleged a Britney Spears music video violated counterfeiting laws by showcasing a pink Vuitton-upholstered dashboard. A Paris civil court ordered Sony BMG and MTV Online to stop broadcasting ...

  26. French Digital Firm Believe Lands Financing

    November 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Paris-based digital music service Believe has secured a first round of financing worth €2 million ($2.9 million) from XAnge Private Equity. This financing will allow the company to ramp-up its international expansion and "to accelerate the ro ...

  27. French Biz Falters, Downloads Rise

    November 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST The wholesale value of the French market in the first nine months decreased to €443.9 million ($651 million), down 20.5% from the corresponding period last year, according to new figures issued by labels trade body SNEP. It follows a 14% year-on-y ...

  28. France's SPPF Pacts With Deezer For SmartPlaylist

    October 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT French independent labels collecting society SPPF has forged a content deal with Paris-based on-demand streaming company Deezer for its SmartPlaylist interactive Web casting service. SmartPlaylist allows users to stream music programs based on the ...

  29. Penzer Joins WMI's Biz Development Team

    October 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music U.K. has recruited Noel Penzer to the role of business development director, with immediate effect. Penzer is tasked with growing the U.K. company's digital revenue, and enhancing its physical business and activities in other mus ...

  30. IODA Unveils Aussie Office During Indie Summit

    October 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT San Francisco-based digital distribution, marketing and technology company Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA) will open an office in Sydney on Oct. 15. Its managing director will be Nathan McLay, head of digital at Inertia Distributio ...

  31. French Gov't Appoints FNAC CEO To Stimulate Digital Biz

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The French government is throwing its muscle behind a mission to fight illegal downloading. Newly-elected President Sarkozy ordered the initiative in early August as part of a global plan to "save the music industry" and support the lega ...

  32. Springsteen Hitting North America, Europe This Fall

    August 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As expected, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will tour North America and Europe before the end of the year in support of their new album, "Magic." The trek begins on street date for the Columbia set (Oct. 2) in Hartford, Conn., w ...

  33. AEG, Harrah's Partner For Las Vegas Arena

    August 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Los Angeles-based AEG and Harrah's Entertainment have entered into a partnership to develop an approximately 20,000-seat arena that will sit one block east of the Las Vegas Strip. Scheduled for a 2010 completion date, the privately financed a ...

  34. Winehouse Pulls Out Of V Fest

    August 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Amy Winehouse has canceled her planned appearance at this weekend's V Festival in the U.K., with her record label blaming ongoing "health issues". The singer has pulled a run of shows in recent days, including dates in Norway and De ...

  35. MySpace Backs U.K. Concert

    August 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Social-networking Web site MySpace is throwing its support behind a new free London music festival. The Aug. 5 1234Shoreditch concert is being launched as part of the Aug. 4-18 Shoreditch Festival, an annual music, lifestyle and culture event in N ...

  36. Diana Concert Viewers Boost U.K. Sales

    July 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The record-breaking number of TV viewers that watched last weekend's "Concert for Diana," have boosted U.K. music sales this week. According to official TV ratings, a staggering peak of 14.8 million viewers tuned in to watch BBC cov ...

  37. British Princes Honor Diana With Concert

    July 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Waving their arms in the air and dancing with 70,000 fans at London's Wembley Stadium, princes William and Harry celebrated the life of their mother, Princess Diana, on what would have been her 46th birthday Sunday at a concert they organized ...

  38. Sacem Posts Collections Decline

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT French authors rights society Sacem has reported collections of 755.9 million euros ($1.02 billion) in the financial year ending Dec. 31, 2006, a decrease of 0.2% on 2005. "This is the first time since 1992 that collected revenue decreases fr ...

  39. YouTube Sets Up International Sites

    June 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT YouTube today (June 19) unveiled local-language sites in nine countries. Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, the co-founders of YouTube, which was acquired by Google Inc. for $1.65 billion last year, told a news conference in Paris that the nine country s ...

  40. Google 'To Launch YouTube' In France

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT French daily financial newspaper Les Echos reports that Google is due to launch a French version of YouTube in the next few days. Google France declined to comment on the report, which suggested the French service would be a test for the launch of ...

  41. France's NRJ Offers Unlimited Mobile Downloads

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT NRJ Mobile, the MVNO subsidiary of French media conglomerate NRJ Group, officially launches a music download service for 3G mobile phone users in France tomorrow (June 15). The "Music Illimitee" service offers an unlimited number of down ...

  42. Babinet Steps Down From MEF Board

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Gilles Babinet, mobile-entertainment entrepreneur and founder of mobile-music service provider Musiwave, is to step down from the Mobile Entertainment Forum's (MEF) board of directors. Babinet tells Billboard.biz that rapid growth at his curr ...

  43. Elton Axes Red Piano Dates

    May 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Elton John has pulled the plug on a host of upcoming European Red Piano dates. Shows have been cancelled in Venice, Italy on June 5 and 6; Berlin, Germany on June 22; Moscow, Russia on July 3; Paris, France on Sept. 9 and Seville, Spain on Sept. 1 ...

  44. Big Plans For DDEX In 2007

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT During the first annual meeting of the Digital Data Exchange (DDEX), participants showed optimism that the music industry would adopt their standards which are designed to ease digital exchanges. "We want to create a level of simplicity in an ...

  45. Pumpkins Line Up Residency Gigs

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Smashing Pumpkins will set up camp in Asheville, N.C., and San Francisco for multiple-night stands this summer, during which they will draw from a different set list each night. The Billy Corgan-led group will visit the Orange Peel in Ashevill ...

  46. Artists Added To Diana Concert Bill

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Nelly Furtado, P. Diddy, Tom Jones, Will Young and Supertramp frontman Roger Hodgson have been added to the list of performers for the Concert For Diana, to be held July 1 at London's new Wembley Stadium. They join such previously-announced p ...

  47. Streisand's U.K. Shows Sell Out In Minutes

    May 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Tickets for Barbra Streisand's first British shows in 13 years have sold out in minutes, despite the best seats costing £600 ($1,200), the star's representative said on Saturday. Streisand is playing London's O2 Arena, formerly know ...

  48. iTunes Movies Coming To Europe?

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Europeans will get a bite of Apple Computer's iTunes movie and video-download service before the end of the year, a senior Apple executive has told reporters. Apple's vice president Europe Pascal Cagni used an interview with French-langu ...

  49. French Market Slows In Q1

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The French recorded music industry is showing no encouraging signs. The wholesale value for the first quarter of 2007 dropped to €172 million ($235 million), down 24% from the same period last year, according to trade association SNEP. The volume ...

  50. Feist Forward

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After two years of touring in support of her 2004 album "Let It Die," Canadian singer/songwriter Leslie Feist realized she had really just been making "baby steps toward an undetermined future." So rather than commit to a lengt ...

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